Steely metal guitar riffs with sweaty classic rock rhythms and a soaring powerhouse vocal, The Lad Classic’s Rectifier is a beast of an album. For newbies to the genre, this may convert you. The inclusion of several acoustic versions of selected hard hitting tracks is also a great gateway, and showcases the band’s individual strengths. Check them out at theladclassic.com!
An exciting first for the show, we have a new release from a great band we featured last year, it’s the return of Return for Refund, with Lift You Up. True to their hard rocking form, it’s cheeky, raw and as is often the case with second releases, it feels lived in and self-aware. But this record digs deeper into some heavy themes and Jesse’s theory about it being a concept album totally blows Dylan’s mind. Get in the loop, and get stoked for out 2nd anniversary showcase July 19th!
Today’s episode is Arcanum’s prog metal 4 track debut EP , At the Car Wash. A mix of funky grooves and grit, their sound is self-described by the band as it’s own genre combining junk and djent: Djunk. For those of you unfamiliar (which was us at first too), it’s heavy on high-gain distortion guitar, slap bass, and polyrhythms. You may recall bassist Jesse Woodrich of AFL alnumi SirenPhase, who you can catch at our No Soul Safe showcase April 8th at the Libertarian. Get in the loop!
Windsor-based metal prog rock with an intense apocalyptic maybe-not-so-distant future narrative. The most densely concise concept album we’ve done on AFL, it’s Siren Phase’s Origins EP. Dylan muses on the influences of H.R. Gieger in sci-fi, and Jess recounts her experience with The Purge franchise. Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, and stay tuned for news about A Very Open Mic Night!
A satire of douche culture AND all the grimy dueling guitar riffs you can stand? It’s metal-rock face-melters Return for Refund and their self-titled debut EP. Jess warms up to some headbanger anthems and Dylan maintains that if you think they might be up your alley, you’re probably right. And if you’re in the Toronto area, you can SEE THESE DUDES CRUSH IT LIVE July 11 at Lee’s Palace. Come teach Jesse how to do the metal horns/ears/thing with her hands. Get in the loop!